FAQs

Auld Sweet Olive Bed & Breakfast

Getting Here

If you are coming from the airport, we suggest taking a taxi cab – please see the “Getting Here” tab for more information!

Getting Around New Orleans

WALKING: New Orleans is an extremely walkable town, and Auld Sweet Olive B&B is a short stroll from many of the most popular and historic spots in the city.

STREETCAR: The nearby Rampart Streetcar will take you along the French Quarter and Louis Armstrong Park, and into the Central Business District. You can also connect for free to other Streetcar lines, including those that go to the Garden District, Audubon Park & the Zoo, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and City Park.

CABS: Our favorite cab company is United Cabs (504-522-9771). Uber is also an easy option. We are a 2-minute cab ride to the French Quarter, and you can get to nearly any point in New Orleans within 15 minutes, barring unforeseen traffic.

BUS: There is a bus stop 2 blocks away, and the bus - with transfers - can take you just about anywhere in the city.

CAR: A car can be useful if you would like to explore plantation country and the areas outside of New Orleans, but it is not necessary. Parking with us is very easy (see below) but spots can be expensive and hard to find in the French Quarter. Walking is a great option, so is taking a cab, the bus, or the streetcar.

French Quarter & Frenchmen Street

Frenchman Street is just 5 blocks away. Nicknamed “the Bourbon Street for locals,” it’s home to dozens of jazz clubs, bars, and restaurants. The French Quarter is just 9 blocks away: it’s a scenic 10-minute walk, or a 2-minute ride by cab.

Parking

We have ample, free street parking in our neighborhood. Guests usually park right in front of the B&B or at least on our block. There are no meters, and you do not have to move your car. Guests usually park when they arrive, and don't move their car till they leave. Parking really isn’t an issue. If you have a bicycle or motorcycle, you can park it safely within our gated compound.

Safety

The Faubourg Marigny is the safest residential neighborhood in the historic heart of New Orleans. The Marigny was named one of America's "Top 10 Neighborhoods" by the American Planning Association, and is the only neighborhood in New Orleans to have ever received that honor. Our local police sub-precinct is located less than a block away. However, as with any city, there is crime. Use your street smarts, and if you are out till the wee hours, take a cab home.

Restaurants

In addition to the world-famous restaurants in the French Quarter, there are 20 fantastic bars and restaurants within a 4-block radius of Sweet Olive, many featuring local Cajun and Creole cuisine. Spotted Cat Food & Spirits, and the famous St. Roch Market are each just a block away. If you need a break from southern delicacies and seafood, let us recommend a nearby spot for a healthy salad, pizza, Spanish tapas, Vietnamese pho, barbecue, sushi, or even a juice bar fix.

Book Direct and Save

We encourage our guests to book directly with us, on this website, rather than through a third-party travel website. There is a $20 property service fee charged to guests booking through third-party travel websites. If you book here, you will not see that fee! When you book here on our website, you also get to choose your own room from those available. Sometimes there are rooms available here that are not listed on third-party sites. And sometimes there are shorter minimum stays. Thank you for your loyalty, and your support of our small business!

Check-In

Check-in hours are by arrangement. We are small, boutique bed & breakfast, not a hotel. We do not have a 24/7 front desk. It is important to give us your arrival hour, and update us it if it changes. We understand travel can be unpredictable. Just keep us posted. Check-in is available beginning at 3:00 pm. We are happy to hold your bags if you arrange to arrive earlier than 3:00 pm. Check-in hours end at 8:00 pm, but we can arrange to leave your keys for you in our secure lockbox if you have a late arrival after 8:00 pm. Please see “Policy” tab for complete policies.

Check-Out

Check-out is at 11:00 am, but we are happy to hold bags for you if you’d like to depart later in the day. Please note that we cannot be held liable for personal belongings. Please see “Policy” tab for complete policies.

Deposit Policy

A deposit equal to your first night’s stay with us, including tax, is required upon booking. During non-peak dates, you may cancel for any reason up to two weeks prior to your check-in date and receive a full refund of your deposit. During peak dates (New Year's, Mardi Gras, French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest, 4th of July, Labor Day Weekend, Halloween/Voodoo Fest), you may cancel for any reason up to 30 days prior to your check-in date and receive a full refund of your deposit. Please see “Policy” tab for complete policies.

Cancellation Policy

For non-peak periods, the balance of your stay will be charged to your credit card two weeks prior to your check-in date, after which there are no refunds. For peak periods (New Year's, Mardi Gras, French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest, 4th of July, Labor Day Weekend, Halloween/Voodoo Fest), the balance of your stay will be charged to your card 30 days prior to your check-in date, after which there are no refunds. No refunds for early departures. Please see “Policy” tab for complete policies.

Rates and Minimum Stay Requirements

Rates and minimum stay requirements vary according to room, season, holiday, and availability. Please click on our “reservations” tab and enter your desired dates for specifics.

Credit Cards Accepted

Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club.

Facilities

Enjoy our free wi-fi, and you may use our house phone to make domestic calls. We do not have a business center, computers, or printers for the use of guests. The kitchen and laundry areas are private, for the use of our family and the housekeeping staff, but we can recommend a good local Laundromat if you need one. There are no televisions in guest rooms or on the property.

Smoking and Vaping

Smoking and vaping are permitted outdoors on our comfortable covered porch, and in our courtyard. No smoking or vaping indoors. Please see “Policy” tab for complete policies.

Children and Pets

We are sorry, children under 12 and pets are not permitted.

Maximum Occupancy

Please refer to the maximum occupancy listed for each room. Because of fire regulations, we cannot permit more occupants in a room than those allowed by law.

Breakfast

We are happy to offer a variety of choices each day at our buffet breakfast. Breakfast is served 8:00 – 10:00 am, and includes a hot dish, hard boiled eggs, Chobani yogurt, fresh fruit, cereals (including organic and gluten-free), nuts or trail mix, instant oatmeal and grits, fresh baked goods, whole grain bread, English muffins, juice, coffee, and tea. Coffee and tea are available for free throughout the day, as is spring water, and there is free bottled water in guest rooms as well.

Toiletries

Our soap is made fresh for us by a local artisan, and you can only get it here! It is crafted with essences of Rosemary, Bay Rum, Pine, Grapefruit, Ginger, and Cardamom, all in a glycerine and green French clay base. It is addictive, and makes your skin feel great. Our organic shampoo and conditioner is by Giovanni. It is made with essences of peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil, and smells fantastic!